When most people think of distracted driving, they picture a driver talking on their phone or drinking a latte while glancing away from the road. However, driving with children in the car can be 12 times as distracting as using a phone while driving. A recent study in Australia showed that parents are, on average, distracted during 21% of their drive when they have children in the backseat.
Studying how children distract drivers
To conduct the study, a team placed cameras in 12 vehicles and monitored the families for three weeks. Each family had two young children. The study showed that the parents were frequently distracted while driving, and children accounted for those distractions nearly 80% of the time. Common distractions included talking to children, helping them with food and even playing with a child while driving. Approximately 10% of parents even admitted to having auto accidents with children in the vehicle.
One of the researchers pointed out that many parents don’t see driving with children in the car as a distraction. Despite this, the evidence showed that children are four times as distracting as adult passengers. Worse still, babies are eight times more distracting. Still, it’s hard to find a solution as most parents don’t have the option of leaving their children at home.
How can an individual receive compensation after a car accident?
Distracted driving can increase the risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. If a person is injured in an accident and the other driver was at fault, the victim might be entitled to compensation. To discuss the case, they might wish to hire an attorney. Their attorney may be able to offer guidance and figure out if a lawsuit is viable. If they think their client is eligible to receive compensation, the attorney may help them bring the lawsuit to court.